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Via ferrata de la Cascada del Sorrosal, Broto

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Dans les gorges au dessus de la Cascada del Sorrosal

Located behind the village of Broto, at the foot of Ordesa National Park and Monte Perdido, this via ferrata is superb. Very well equipped, the route first climbs up along the large final waterfall of the barranco de Sorrosal before literally crossing the cliff through a hollowed-out gallery (an old mine) and emerging into an enchanting setting. A wide basin of turquoise water, magnificent folded rock and a fresh, wild atmosphere. Once out of the canyon, which you climb up above the torrent and waterfalls, you continue through a series of fajas overlooking the village. No particular difficulty, apart from the "vertical" length of the ladder to reach the gallery in the first part of the ferrata. The rest of the route is very accessible, varied and enjoyable, making for a great time.

Technical summary

Since 2022, access to the ferrata has been subject to a summer charge (€3.50).

■ S tarting point: Broto, Sobrarde, Aragon, Spain
Type of route: via ferrata with passage through a gallery
■ Direction: east then southeast
Length: 600 m
Elevation gain: +125 m
Estimated total time: 2h to 3h
■ Min and max altitude: 900 m / 1070 m
Equipment in place: rungs, nails, ladders, one of which is huge
Equipment required: standard equipment, headlamp if necessary

Difficulty: K3 or AD, fairly vertiginous vertical ladder

Ressources

The ferrata topo on topopyrenees.com

Access to the place

On the N-260 between Ainsa and Jaca, take the N-260a towards Ordesa National Park at Fiscal. Pass Sarvié and park in the village of Broto, possibly near the waterfall.

Map & topo

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Itinerary description

Hiking to the start 10'

From the parking lot, walk along the torrent, following the signs to Cascade del Sorrosal on the left. It's obvious, and you can see the waterfall in the distance. Cross the stream in front of the waterfall to find the start of the via ferrata a little further up.

Course 1h30

The via ferrata, opened in 2004, faces south-east. The equipment is very good and varied. No real difficulty, apart from the impressive height of the series of ladders leading up to the large waterfall. Note that the ferrata is not free in high season (€2.5, apparently).

Part 1: the waterfall

Climb up to the left of the waterfall on terrain that alternates between rock and grassy slopes. Bars, chains, nails and even a small carved wooden ladder (!) take us through a wide arc to the side of the waterfall, at the foot of an impressive vertical ladder. A 25m ascent takes us high above the waterfall basin, and after several ladder changes, we land on a ledge at the entrance to a gallery cut into the cliff. The passage through the old mine is made by headlamp, with, depending on the season, a stream of water sliding beneath our feet. Exit through a small wooden door and enter above the upper spillway.
Part 2: the gorges

It's very beautiful! We pass to the left and then to the right of the torrent, which forms magnificent pools of turquoise water. Depending on the season, the flow can be strong and impressive. Nothing difficult though, just a small bridge to change sides, easy crossings at the water's edge, just for the pleasure of your eyes and ears. On the way up, you reach the last big waterfall, which you cross on the right (left bank). Here, above, the torrent flows more peacefully before emptying into the gorge. It's more open and, with the vegetation, wild and enchanting.
Part 3: the fajas

From here, take a sharp right, almost backwards, into the shrubbery. The path is equipped with ropes, then there's a length with rungs to finally climb a sort of rocky ridge. We've gained altitude and the village appears at the very bottom. This ends in a forest on what appears to be the mountain crest. An undulating forest passage before finding the last equipped passages on a wide traverse over a series of ledges that give an aerial view of the valley and the village. A final spur and a few more switchbacks lead to a viewpoint overlooking the waterfall. You can even appreciate the route you've just taken.

Back

Continue backwards through the forest. The imposing Ordesa cirque can be seen in the distance. Cross a large, flat clearing and, after a few minutes' walk, there are signs for the return path, which winds its way down to Broto.

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